The inside track at Belmont and Churchill Downs
by Chad Summers, Bruno De Julio and Brandon Stauble
Belmont Competitors were out in force today but not so fast, not ready to hand trophy over yet ....
Bruno's thoughts: I only want to add that Madefromlucky is not a speed horse, Carpe Diem is and to go 59 flat, Madefromlucky was made to use speed he doesn't have in his running style. My gut feeling and experience tells me Madefromlucky should get the 4 star work for keeping up. This is a Charlie Whittingham type of work. Like what I feel I am reading into Madefromlucky.
Bruno: I want to see him in two weeks, De Kock may be doing too much here. Belmont is a tough track to handle and to keep up this pace with a lightly made horse..
Bruno: Materiality impressed with ears flicking on the turn like he had a lot of run, here is another situation of a real speedster type in Stanford, who acts like a one turn speed horse with Pletcher with a potential ten furlongs type in Materiality. The latter has always been knocked for being beaten in works in morning, but he simply clocks the other horse and is not interested in competition in works. Materiality has a sense of inner confidence, he knows difference between morning and afternoon. He galloped out well. If you are nit picking about who's head was in front you are not paying attention how well and relaxed Materiality was, that's what you want to see, especially how he galloped out.
Bruno: I had a different take as Frosted had ears pinned all the way around and seemed to be annoyed with Tamarkuz. Frosted hasn't been the easiest horse to read in the morning. He can be a bit odd, or maybe just being a Tapit. I just Tamarkuz was dominating Frosted here.
Chad: While most of the action took place on Belmont's Main Track, there was some important moves just behind "Big Sandy" on the training track:
Pletcher sent out impressive N2X 3yo filly Curalina (possible for Acorn Stakes) in a team drill with undefeated three-year-old colt Competitive Edge. 'Edge,inside, really caught our eye. The most impressive workers on the training track in this set. Competitive Edge could wind up in either Woody Stephens, Met Mile or possibly the Belmont Stakes. 'Edge is extremely unlikely but if he did enter it would change the entire complexion of the race.
Bruno: I believe Pletcher has enough artillery in the Belmont and Competitive Edge will run in either the Woody Stephens or the Met Mile.
Meanwhile our own Brandon Stauble (@bstaubs22 on twitter) caught a few horses he liked at Churchill Downs we may see on Belmont Stakes day:
Lord Nelson impressed Brandon in solo drill on May 20 with a last 1/4 in 23.2 stretching out really well to wire. Galloped out in 59.6 and 113.8 in effortless manner, Brandon oved the way he moved.
Also on May 22, Noble Bird worked with Dynamic Sky and crushed it here, last 1/4 in 23.4 taking off down the lane, huge out in 111.8, 124.8 and 140.6 for Mark and Norman Casse.
Sky Captain also for Casse on May 22, worked with Belmont hopeful Conquest Curlinate, Captain took the lead around the turn and was waiting on Curlinate who was under a drive to keep pace, Captain finished up in 100 flat, going out in 112.8 and 126.6. 'Curlinate got the same time given to Captain but Captain was much the best
Finally, American Pharoah looked as good as he could look according to Brandon. like Baffert told me the other day, "Pharoah moves great over it'' and that's why Bob is at Churchill Downs, the horse comes first.
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